Sometimes, we come across uncountable nouns in English. They create a problem, unlike any other words. Usually, when dealing with more than one thing, we add an “S” for the plural form. For uncountable nouns, like “advice,” the rules are different, and this article will explore it.
Advice Or Advices: What Is The Plural Of Advice?
“Advice” is the correct plural form of “advice.” There is no definitive plural form since the noun is uncountable. That means, when we work with multiple pieces of “advice,” we keep it written as is. We say “some advice” or “lots of advice” as the plural form.
The definition of “advice,” according to The Cambridge Dictionary, is “an opinion that someone offers you about what you should do or how you should act in a particular situation.
How Prevalent Is The Use Of “Advices”?
While “advices” is incorrect, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get used. Plenty of native speakers sometimes struggle with the rules that follow uncountable nouns, and we have the statistics to prove it.
According to Google, “Advices” is mentioned 17,700 times on The New York Times website, while “Advice” is mentioned 246,000 times.
We also have this graph to share with you, which shows how common “advice” is since it’s the correct form. However, “advices” does still see some usage in modern times (though it definitely was more popular between one and two centuries ago).
So, why does “advices” seem to be so common to mistake? Usually, with other uncountable nouns (like “research”), most native speakers have an easy time remembering the difference.
However, there is a verb form, written as “advises.” This could be the best explanation as to why some people use “advices” instead of “advice” when writing in the plural form.
Examples Of How To Use The Plural Of Advice In A Sentence
We’ve spoken a lot about “advices” being wrong, but that’s not much help if you don’t know what the right form is. We’ve put together some examples to help you out with this, and we suggest you read them to familiarize yourself.
There are plenty of ways to use the plural of “advice,” though each time only uses it as “advice.” The word in front of “advice” shows it’s the plural form (like “lots of” or “much” or “some”).
- They gave me lots of advice to help me out.
- I have some advice that I think you’ll benefit from.
- There is plenty of advice that I could give you here.
- We have more advice if you’re willing to listen to it.
- She gave me lots of advice to help me understand what to work on.
- Is there any more advice you can give me?
- Do you have some more advice for me?
- That’s almost too much advice, but I’ll keep working on it!
As you can see, the words before “advice” are what determines whether it’s a plural form. No one writes “advice” and expects people to know that they mean there are multiple instances of it. For example:
- He gave me advice. (Singular form)
- He gave me some advice. (Plural form).
Advice – Synonyms
If you’re struggling with the rules surrounding uncountable nouns, you might benefit from one of these synonyms. These will help you understand the words in a more familiar way, and you can use an alternative while still conveying the same meaning you want to.
There are plenty of synonyms for “advice.” Each one is used as a way to offer insight or opinions about a certain subject that most people will benefit from hearing.
Is It “Some Advice” Or “Some Advices”?
No matter what, “some advice” is always correct because “advice” is uncountable and looks the same in the singular and plural form. There are no cases where “some advices” is correct.
- Correct: He gave me some advice.
- Incorrect: He gave me some advices.
- Correct: I have some advice to help you.
- Incorrect: I have some advices to help you.
- Correct: Do you have some advice for how I can improve?
- Incorrect: Do you have some advices for how I can improve?
What Is The Difference Between “Advice” And “Advise”?
We’ve mentioned it earlier, but “advise” is perhaps the most obvious reason why people confuse the plural form of “advice.” There’s a key difference to pay attention to, though.
You should use “advice” as a noun to talk about opinions or information that somebody gives you to help you with something. You should use “advise” as a verb to talk about giving some your opinion on a matter.
The definition of “advise,” according to The Cambridge Dictionary, is “to give someone advice.”
According to this graph, “advice” is more common to use than “advise.” We typically sway towards the noun form in these cases and use other verbs like “give” or “told” to help us.
- He gave me advice.
- He advises me.
- I told you all the advice I could.
- I advised you.
Do You Ask For Advice Or Advise?
You ask for “advice” because it is the noun form, meaning you’re asking for someone else’s opinion on a matter. When you give “advice,” you are “advising” somebody.
The key difference is that “advice” is the noun while “advise” is the verb.
We can “advise” someone with “advice,” but we can’t “advice” someone with “advise.”
Is It Correct To Use “Advises”?
Finally, let’s look at when it’s possible to use “advises” in a sentence.
“Advises” is grammatically correct when you’re writing in the third person singular form (he, she, it). Otherwise, you should use “advise.”
According to this graph, it’s more common to use “advise” in the standard form. That’s because there are more situations where “advise” comes up with the correct pronouns. The choices for “advises” are more limited.
Here are some cases where we might use “advise” and “advises,” depending on the pronoun:
- I advise you not to do that.
- He advises me daily.
- They advise me all the time.
- She advises him not to.